A graduation ceremony Friday evening in Berea will recognize 17 women using time on the farm as part of their recovery from addiction. The women from Richmond’s Liberty Place Recovery Center split time during four weeks on the Berea Urban Farm and in the classroom.
Sustainable Berea Director Cheyenne Olson said work on the farm is a critical component of the Harvesting Hope program. “You have to be on time. You have to take directions. If you don’t understand what you are supposed to do you have to ask questions. You have to work with others. Sometimes it takes two people on one task. You’ve got to get along or learn how to get along. If you get frustrated, you don’t walk off the job,” said Olson.
Olson added these are sometimes difficult issues for addicts. Harvesting Hope is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant along with support from 21 individuals and businesses.
Participants go through a four week program. Olson says plans call for broadening the program to five weeks and include other recovery agencies in 2020.
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